Guidance

COVID-19 PCR home test kit instructions

Step-by-step guide available in different formats on how to use and return your PCR home test kit to test yourself for COVID-19.

Documents

Testing yourself for coronavirus: easy read

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COVID-19 home test: large print guide

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COVID-19 home test: large print guide (Cymru/Cymraeg)

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COVID-19 home test: step-by-step guide for use in Wales (Cymru/Cymraeg)

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A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is a type of coronavirus test you do at home and send back to be processed in a lab. You’ll get the results by text and email.

These instructions tell you how to:

  • register your test kit online
  • take a swab sample for you or someone else
  • post your completed test kit in a Royal Mail priority postbox

This page is for people who have ordered their test kit. To order a test, go to Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus.

Published 12 November 2020
Last updated 23 February 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added 2 new documents: ‘COVID-19 home test: step-by-step guide for people with visual impairments’ and an HTML version of 'Testing yourself for coronavirus: easy read'. Changed page title to make it clear that the instructions are for a PCR test.

  2. Added large print and plain text versions of the home testing instructions.

  3. Added a new document, 'COVID-19 home test: step-by-step guide for use in Wales', and an updated version of 'Testing yourself for coronavirus: easy read'.

  4. First published.